Her appointment follows a tumultuous period for the organisation with the departure of previous CEO Tracy McLeod Howe, after just three months in the role. McLeod Howe later told The Australian she felt the board had not supported her vision.
Donovan has held the position of Acting CEO at White Ribbon Australia since November last year, having previously worked at the organisation in various roles including Senior Executive of Community Engagement and Development and Director of Community and Programs.
In these previous positions, she played a key role in the development and implementation of White Ribbon’s schools, workplaces, and community prevention programs.
Donovan has demonstrated great capability in the role of Acting CEO, according to John Rosewarne, White Ribbon Australia Chair.
“Over the past four months Delia has demonstrated her capability to lead our national organisation, building consensus with key stakeholders, and resetting the organisation for a vibrant future. We are confident that her expertise and leadership gained across the social care sector in Australia and the UK will springboard a new era for White Ribbon Australia,” said Mr Rosewarne.
Donovan brings extensive experience in non-government and social services settings, drawing on 15 years in frontline social work and social care management roles. She has also served as CEO of a local domestic abuse charity supporting 6000 clients year on year.
Donovan has already outlined her key strategic priorities:
“We will focus on working collaboratively, using our evidence-based primary prevention programs and our large community reach to address this national emergency,” she said.
“Over the coming months we will be refining the roles and purpose of our network of Ambassadors, Advocates, supporters and community leaders who are passionate about leading and delivering transformational change across Australia. We are determined to continue to hold ourselves to account and invest in strong cooperative, transparent leadership and participation in each community.”
Congratulations on your new role Delia!